July 29, 2015
For a number of reasons under the sun, summer is an ideal time to sell or buy a home. When readying to put your home on the market this season, it can be smart to consider some home renovations that can add to the overall price of your place. It can also be advantageous to make timely use of the season to undertake projects that simply can’t be completed in winter or are cheaper in summer. With the days getting shorter already, it’s time to get moving and so we have compiled a list of five home renovations that are cheaper this season!
Kitchens. While it sounds a little silly that renovating a kitchen would be cheaper in summer, the reason is in fact quite simple. If you are planning to renovate the kitchen in advance of putting your home on the market, you will likely have to eat out, and often. If you have a family this can get costly, quickly. In light of the summer season, you can utilize a BBQ or other outdoor cooking tools to get dinner ready for the family.
Additions. Adding a room or upper floor can be made much simpler and cheaper when the task is completed in the summer. Of course, additions are not often great projects to use to boost the potential resale value of your home, but in the rare case when this process needs to be done, then summer is definitely the season in which to do so. In sum, it will allow you to effectively open your home to the elements when renovating.
Landscaping. In many regions in Canada and elsewhere, landscaping simply isn’t an option in the winter months. Thus, it is not only cheaper in summer, it’s the only time it can be done! Summer is also a markedly better time to install an in-ground sprinkler system and, possibly, some solar-powered accent lights, among any other landscaping upgrades you can think of to help boost the resale value of your home.
Driveway. Archaic asphalt driveways are prone to unsightly cracks and patches of weeds growing through with impunity. This recipe can have the negative effect of sending a potential buyer running away. Summer is an ideal season to remedy the issue of awful bumps, valleys and cracks in your driveway with an upgrade sure to entice the eye.
Deck. Especially if you have the capacity to build the deck on your own, installing a traditional wood deck on your home can be a great way to add curbside appeal and comfort to your home, both of which can help in the process of an eventual sale. Though a deck can be installed in spring or fall, it is made cheaper in summer namely because the process of building, installing and maintaining is easier under the sun of the season.